Crashing the Party:
From the Bernie Sanders Campaign to a Progressive Movement
in conversation with MIKE CONNOLLY
This event includes a book signing
June 15, 2018
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store, Mass Humanities, and Our Revolution welcome HEATHER GAUTNEY—Bernie Sanders campaign advisor and Fordham University associate professor—for a discussion of her latest book, Crashing the Party: From the Bernie Sanders Campaign to a Progressive Movement. She will be joined by Massachusetts State Representative MIKE CONNOLLY.
About Crashing the Party
Senator Bernie Sanders shocked the political establishment by winning 13 million votes and a majority of young voters in the 2016 Democratic primary. He emerged from the contest against Hillary Clinton as the most popular politician in the US, despite being a 75-year-old self-professed “democratic socialist.” What lessons can be drawn from this surprising but—in the end—losing campaign?
Vermont resident Heather Gautney was a legislative fellow in Sanders’s Washington office and researcher and organizer for his presidential campaign. The author and editor of several books on social movements and American politics, she brings her academic expertise and left politics to bear on the scenes and conflicts she witnessed during the campaign. In reviewing what enabled Sanders to reach out to an unprecedented number of people with a socialist message—and what stalled his progress and radical punch—she draws lessons about the prospects and perils of building a leftist movement in the United States. Gautney’s reflections on the role that race and class played in this election cycle and analysis of where Democrats stand following Trump’s victory will serve as a useful starting point for many newly aware of the limitations of the Democratic party and the challenges ahead.
"Of all the books analyzing what happened in 2016, Heather Gautney’s is unique in its use of a movement lens. For movement builders, there are many critical lessons here about striking the balance between candidates, issues, and deeper organizing.” —Larry Cohen, Board Chair of Our Revolution and former President of the Communication Workers of America
"This is the powerful and insightful book we have been waiting for on the historic Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Heather Gautney provides the most sophisticated and subtle analysis of the most significant progressive insurgency within the decrepit electoral political system of the U.S.A. Don’t miss it!” —Cornel West, author of Race Matters
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